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31 posts from November 2013

Fri 29

A Message of Joy


Hi - hope you're having - and enjoying a long weekend!  Jean Okimoto here, with our favorite Labrador die from Poppystamps, delivering Christmas cheer on a backdrop of the new Bold Joy stamp.  I love how the Pool Dots Signature Pattern gives the illusion of snow without saying it out loud.


Memory Box 

  • Bold Joy F1936
  • Cosmic Star Die Set 98464
  • Flowering Winterberry Die Set 98391 (leaves and berries attached to his collar)
  • Pool Dots Signature Prints
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Key Lime Cardstock 


  • Labrador Die 879

Other Supplies

  • ColorBox Turquoise Pigment Inkpad
  • Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat-tool
  • Diecut Machine and Plates
  • Red Velvet Paper
  • Dark Brown Cardstock


  • Stamp JOY with Turquoise and emboss it with clear powder
  • Diecut the stars and berries from red velvet paper
  • Diecut the leaves from Key Lime Cardstock
  • Diecut the Labrador from dark brown cardstock
  • Snip a tiny slot to insert the star in his mouth
  • Attach everything to a side-folded 4.25" x 5.5" card of Parchment Cardstock

Thanks for visiting!




Fri 29

Back to Basics!

I recently stepped in for our regular introduction to stamping class instructor at our store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. I decided this card would be perfect for teaching how to use dye ink with a rubber stamp. We did some simple layers and popped the layers with some foam tape then added some stickles to the image to give the card some wow factor! The participants loved the card, and one went off the beaten path and took the penguin parade stamp with a rainbow ink pad on the card instead of the line of Christmas trees stamp that you see on the card, which is one of my all time favorite Memory Box stamps! I wish I had a camera with me on that day because the card turned out fantastic! You will just have to try it yourself and see!



Thu 28

Scandinavian type of Christmas

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. This time I created a scandinavian, a bit rustic looking christmas card.  I love these soft neutrals and they can also work for any other occasions.


And some close ups:



Memory Box products used:


  • Hayden Twigs (98722)
  • Astrid Circle (98498)


  • Merry Little Christmas (B1943)


Have a good day,


Wed 27

Frosty Snow Globe Scene


Hi - thanks for stopping by today, especially when you're probably busy with Thanksgiving prep!  Jean Okimoto here, sharing a simple snow globe design.  It's a quick one - so you can get back to your baking, decorating and cooking.


Here's what I used to create this card:

Memory Box Products

  • Snow Fall E1961
  • Grand Snow Globe Die 98228
  • Merry Christmas Flourish B1953
  • Graphite and Kraft Cardstock
  • Dove Gray Notecard and Envelope

Other Supplies

  • White Cardstock
  • Blaze Velvet Paper
  • Top Boss Clear Embossing Inkpad
  • Detail White Embossing Powder
  • ColorBox Cranberry Pigment Inkpad
  • Top Boss Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat-tool
  • Diecut Machine and Plates
  • Screwpunch
  • Gold Mini-brads

Stamp Snow Fall and emboss it with detail white powder.  Diecut the globe, the base and the birds.

Stamp Merry Christmas Flourish with Cranberry and emboss it with Opalescent Clear powder. Attach everything to a Dove Gray Notecard -  use foam dots for the greeting.  Add the mini-brads.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Brethauers - and everyone on the Design Team!





Tue 26

Holly Holiday Bright Lantern...


(click to see full size)

Hang the lights...time for festive, shiny cards! Pam posting today. I die cut and embossed the Holly Holiday frame and added red pearls.  Beautiful embossing detail with this shiny gold card-stock!  I die cut the background from the Holly Holiday Frame set in Sage card-stock.

I die cut the Elyse tree die in Dill card-stock for the branch...love the delicate leaves and felt it complements the Lantern from the Bright Lanterns die nicely. I die cut the candle (from the Lanterns die) in gold and in Cranberry card-stocks and pieced them together.


I used the banner from the Mansfield Frame set for the sentiment. The Lantern die, cuts and embosses in one trip through the die cutting machine!

Hope this finds you stamping and creating festive and wonderful things!  I'm posting this card and another card on my blog, if you want to click over.  Thanks for looking!


Tue 26

Tropical Grand Merry Christmas

I really enjoy using "non-traditional" colors for my holiday cards.  For this card, I used a Lagoon Note Card, Pool paper along with Currant Distress Dots paper.  The end product kind of gives me a tropical Caribbean vibe!  {smile}

Card 7


  • Cut a piece of Currant Distress Dots paper 4" X 5 1/4" and adhere to front of Lagoon Note Card.
  • Die cut Grand Merry Christmas (98680) from Pool paper.  Save the letters for the word “Christmas” to use for another project.
  • Adhere a piece of white cardstock behind this piece so that it covers the word “Christmas” then attach to front of card.
  • Die cut Pine Border Outline (98674) from Pool paper and Choose a set of three trees and trim around those.  Then run through Xyron.  Make sure to use a stylus around the edges to make sure all the adhesive sticks.
  • Die cut Pine Border Background (98738) from Pool Gingham paper.  Attach the "outline" trees over the corresponding trees from the "background" and trim around them.
  • Attach the trees to the front of the card using foam tape.

This is just a super simple card that goes together quickly!

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Sun 24

A return to stamping


Wow, I was totally overwhelmed by your response to my return as well as my focus on all things stamping. I was glad to see I was not alone in my love of rubber and ink! Thank you all!

Today's card features a clean and simple style that I have developed over the past year or so. So what exactly is CAS (clean and simple) stamping? For me it meant getting rid of the multiple layers I was prone to use on my cards. I did a bit of research to fully explain it to you. 

CAS stamping means one main image as the focus, lots of open space, limited layers and embellishments. Some say it should be quick to make. If you are like me, the initial card isn't always quick to develop. Even the easiest of cards can take some time to come together, but once done the card should be easy to recreate. 

Let's break this CAS card down:

The main image features "Deer in the Field" CS1944. This time I kept it together the way Dave designed it. After it was stamped I added some stickles glitter glue. I had limited layers by layering the focal point onto the Memory Box gingham paper and then adding this to my kraft base. I had one embellishment using the star die with glitter paper. I added the saying and presto- a CAS holiday card that is easy to recreate.

It is just that simple. 

I hoped you enjoyed and are inspired to create your own CAS stamped card.


Sun 24

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree....

Hello, Everyone!

It's creeping up on us - my kid has already started the list of what she wants to find under the tree. ;~D

Which is probably why I ended up playing with the Frosted Christmas Tree die. I made a few cards using this die, and I have to admit that I'm quite smitten with it! You can make an indoor or outdoor tree with this die, so you have plenty of options.


Card featuring Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree die and 6x6 Yuletide Patterned Paper. 

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Memory Box cardstock and 6x6 Yuletide patterned paper; Frosted Christmas Tree die; Mark Richards metal studs and Studio Calico wooden stars; Krylon silver leaf pen; Silver Stickles


  1. Make card base and adhere  patterned paper; trim to fit.
  2. Cut white panel of cardstock and die cut tree from its center; adhere to card.
  3. Color stars with Krylon silver pen and coat with Stickles; set aside to dry.
  4. Once dry, adhere stars to tree.
  5. Adhere studs to tree.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Sun 24

Mitten Card

MB mitten card 2Hello everyone!

Today I have a card that could be used for Christmas or a Winter Birthday.

The Memory Box Products I used are:

  • Toasty Mitten Die #98664
  • Lindeman Snowflake Die #98616
  • Joy Script Die #98641
  • Washi Tape Stripes Stamp #D1931
  • Washi Tape Dots Stamp #D1978
  • Parchment, Kraft and Cranberry Cardstock
  • Cranberry Dots Cardstock

I used embossing folders to add texture on the mitten and cuff.  Watered down White acrylic paint was used to spatter the background of the card.

I hope you all have a nice day!


Fri 22

Triple the Fun

It's a gift tag, tree ornament and a gift card holder. All three are wonderful gifts...here's how you combine them for a festive Christmas gift.

Tag Front

B1826 To and From Stamp

G1411 Peace Collage Stamp

98645 Snowflake Sprig Die

98340 Forest Bird Die

#8 Kraft Tags (6 1/4" x 3 1/8") 

I created the blue background using inks, paints, water and watercolor paper--so fun!


  • Apply several hues of paint and blue ink to a craft sheet, mist with water then drag a panel of watercolor paper through the colors in one direction. 

Distress colors  IMG_6760

Tag background

  • Use a heat tool to dry the paper completely, repeat the dragging or dab the paper into the desired colors remaining on the craft sheet if you want more color.  Dry again. (it's hard to stop after only a few passes so keep going if you like what you are getting--just dry between each layer of color or you will get "mud")
  • Trim your completely dry "one-of-a-kind masterpiece" background panel to appropriate layering measurements for your tag.   Stamp Peace Collage onto blue background with black ink, "rough up" or distress all edges with scissor blade, adhere all layers onto kraft tag.
  • Adhere Snowflake Sprig and Forest Bird die cuts, add crystal gemstones throughout the design.

Tag Front

And now for the gift card pocket...on the reverse side of the tag! Simply layer papers, stamp To/From onto top layer, apply adhesive to 3 sides of the layers to create a pocket for slipping in gift card.  How easy! 

Tag Back
It's an iTunes gift card for Rachel :)
It's an iTunes gift card for Rachel  :)

So when you want to give a gift card to someone special; make it special, make a beautiful tag as part of the gift.

Happy Friday!